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Wisconsin capitol tree cut down

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ENTERPRISE (WAOW) -- The Wisconsin capitol Christmas tree is coming from Oneida County this year.

The 40-foot balsam fir was cut down Wednesday afternoon by Dennis Schoeneck.

Dennis Schoeneck says he's been cutting down trees since he was a child.

"All my life. I got my first saw when I was eleven," said Schoeneck.

He says he's been dreaming of the day one of his trees becomes the Wisconsin state capitol Christmas tree for years.

"Especially this year with the tree going to the veterans," said Schoeneck. "It's a pretty emotional thing."

He originally wanted to cut the tree on Veterans Day but postponed it because of the snow storm.

"Out of safety reasons for the folks who wanted to be here. I just thought it would be best if we waited a day," explained Schoeneck.

Wednesday, family and friends gathered to watch the evergreen tree come crashing down and help prepare it for its trip to the state capitol.

Schoeneck says this is the most important tree he has ever cut.

Fourteen more of Schoeneck's trees will also go to the capitol. The other trees will be placed around the capitol and near the governor's residence.

The Schoeneck family attached homemade tags to the trees. One side says "From the Northwoods," and the other side has a message that supports veterans.

Friday morning, the big tree will be wrapped, packed, and loaded into a trailer for the trip to the capitol.

Schoeneck says he's a little sad to see the tree go, but he can't wait to visit the capitol's new Christmas tree once it's decorated.

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